Collectif des Filles et Fils d’Africains Déportés

Abbreviation: 
COFFAD
President / Director: 
Dr Assani FASSASSI
Address: 
39, route de Champigny
94350 Villiers-sur-Marne
France
Telephone: 
International: +33 1 46 63 20 46 (landline) ou +33 1 49 41 54 07 (fax); National: 01 46 63 20 46 (landline) ou 01 49 41 54 07 (fax)
Registration date: 
Friday, January 23, 1998
Registration details: 

Registration details can be found in the Journal Officiel.

Status: 
Ongoing
Type: 
Ancestral
Defence of Citizen Rights
Social justice
Scope: 
National: A large-scale organization or association with branches in more than one region and whose influence reaches beyond its local/regional context.
Historical overview: 

The objective of the Collectif des Filles et Fils d’Africains Déportés (COFFAD) (Collective of the Sons and Daughters of Deported Africans) is to work for the emancipation of Africa and to restore the memory of Africans, victims of the Transatlantic slave trade and deportations during centuries of slavery. The COFFAD works for the writing a wholesome history, through scientific information and on educational bases for the benefit of all mankind. In this regard, the COFFAD has scheduled the creation of the C.I.D.A.D.E, Centre d'Instruction et de Documentation sur les Africains Déportés et l’Esclavage, (Instruction and Documentation Centre on Deported Africans and Slavery).

One of COFFAD missions is to obtain apologies from the Western governments, for the transatlantic slave trade and to obtain the moral and material reparations that are needed.

Source: website of COFFAD

In 2006, the COFFAD went to court because of the remarks on the Caribbean population made by the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut.

The COFFAD criticizes the philosopher for "its tendentious remarks towards the West Indian population" made on the 6th of March on RCJ on the occasion of a tour of the humorist Dieudonné in Martinique. Alain Finkielkraut mentioned the "Caribbean victims of slavery who are now living on the assistance of the metropolis."

The COFFAD also filed a civil lawsuit for "public insult and racial attack on the memory of the dead" against journalists Elisabeth Lévy, Paul Nahon and Antoine Perraud for comments that were made during the show "Premier pouvoir", produced and hosted by Elisabeth Lévy, released on the 10th of September 2005 on France Culture.

The COFFAD particularly criticises the journalists for having said that the ceremony in memory of the 152 Martinique victims of a plane crash on the 16th of August 2005 in Venezuela was a " ridiculously compassionate ceremony." The complaint also concerns France Culture and Radio France.

Source: Article from the OBS

The COFFAD also filed a complaint against Olivier Petre Grenouillau in 2005 for negationist and revisionists comments.

Summary of objectives: 

At the time of its creation in 1998, the goal of COFFAD is to rehabilitate the memory of the people of Africa and the Diaspora.

In 2005, the COFFAD added the following objectives to its list:

  • To fight against crimes against humanity or war crimes
  • To work for the rehabilitation of the memory of the people of Africa and its diaspora and to defend the moral interests, the memory of the Africans who were deported (from the fifteenth century by Europeans) then enslaved, and to honour their descendants
  • To fight against racism and assist the victims of discrimination based on their national, ethnic, racial or religious origins
Keywords: 
African culture
African diaspora
African roots
Anti-colonialism
Anti-discrimination
Anti-racism
Crimes against humanity
Defence of citizen rights
Human rights
Memories of slavery
Reparations
Slave ancestry
Social justice
Solidarity
Taubira law (2001)
Victim support